By Ben Agande, Abuja.
President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday morning announced a federal government donation of 50Million Naira to the Nigerian Football Supporters Club as the Nigerian Super Eagles prepare for the World Cup Fiesta in Brazil.
The President made the announcement when he was decorated as the Grand Patron of the Supporters Club also disclosed that he will be in Brazil to cheer up the Eagles.
He also promised to mobilise the private sector to support the Supporters Club so that many Nigerian will be in Brazil for the world Cup.
The president said as the grand patron of the Nigerian football supporters club, my “administration will not relent in giving the support required to our sports men and women to excel in all international football competitions, this by extension includes the nigerian football supporters club.
“This year 2014 is a very significant year for sports as we prepare for the world cup in Brazil and the Commonwealth Game immediately after, I urge the Nigerian football supporters club not to relent in it’s very important role in cheering our athletes and sports men to victory. Indeed, every Nigerian should be a member of this supporters club.
“The federal government and indeed all Nigerians appreciate and we need to encourage you to go to Brazil. The federal Government is going to give you a token but I will personally consult with the senior boys to add something to that. The federal government is going to start it with the sum of N50 million. But I am hopeful that by the time I will talk to some of our senior boys, I think the money may even double” he said.
The President General Worldwide of the Nigerian Football Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Oladipo said the club decided to honour the president because “the numerous achievements of our national team would not have been possible but for your support. Your luck gave us the U17 world cup, first time we took part in CHAIN and took the golden bronze. But for you fatherly support we would have not have qualified for the world cup. You have supported us in the past to support our teams.
“We want to go with 1,000 Nigerians to brazil, 500 from Nigeria and some 500 from other Nigerians in other parts of the world. We have offices in all the places. We will be at least the semi-final at the world cup” he said .